The field of healthcare technology has witnessed some radical changes over the past few years: advancements in continuity of care, virtual consultation, treatment and care process innovations, and more. What will be the impact of these changes? Will they enhance patient care, or blow up medical spending for infrastructure, capital equipment, and physician preference items? A recent article featured on Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review talked about the top 10 technologies that are making waves in the healthcare landscape.
The article focused on ECRI Institute’s compilation of topics, questions, and answers pertaining to the latest tech trends that are impacting treatment, patient’s care, and medical costs. Released last month, and titled “2015 Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List,” the list includes the most relevant tech issues and topics that healthcare and IT leaders need to know about.
According to ECRI Institute, here’s a roundup of the top 10 healthcare IT topics and questions that C-Suite executives should be looking at over the next year:
- Disinfection robots: Will they be able to successfully combat healthcare-related infections?
- 3D printing: It will be interesting to see if 3D printing moves beyond the hype into a profitable investments for hospitals.
- Middleware (software connecting enterprise applications): Execs should be watching to see if it is able to achieve the National Patient Safety Goals on clinical alarms.
- Post discharge clinics: Preventing readmissions is the ultimate goal. Will clinics be able to reduce the number?
- Google Glass: While it may not be the right fit for consumers, there could be potential benefits to the healthcare industry.
- Anti-obesity devices: Should these devices be added to providers’ bariatric offerings?
- Caring for millennials with cancer: Will adolescent- and young adult-focused cancer centers produce better outcomes that traditional care centers?
- Fecal microbiota therapy: Will it offer new hopes in combating serious gastrointestinal disorders?
- Artificial pancreas device systems: What is next in the development of these systems?
- Telehealth: Have we experienced the maximum benefits that telehealth can provide?
Stressing the relevance and importance of these tech questions, Rob Maliff, Director of Applied Solutions for ECRI Institute said, “Hospital leaders must carefully examine their strategic and operational plans and assess the relevance of these new technologies or infrastructure initiatives for their organizations.”
How do you think these technologies will continue to impact healthcare in the coming years? We would love to hear your thoughts.
About Bob Higginbotham
Bob Higginbotham, CTS-I, CTS-D, is the Avidex National Manager of Healthcare AV. Bob has spent his 30 year career in leadership positions in the AV industry including extensive design and build work in healthcare facilities. He owned and operated a successful AV business in Texas with multiple offices in several cities where he managed a staff of over 100 employees. Bob has served as a technical consultant for a major AV manufacturer, led the technical sales team for a national video conferencing provider and provided technology auditing services for several private education facilities. He has a unique working knowledge of audiovisual technology as well as multiple certifications in audio engineering, acoustics, AV design, CQT system commissioning and video transmission systems. Bob holds a BA in communications and has recently served as board chair for a large private school. He brings his years of technical knowledge and leadership experience to Avidex where he leads the national healthcare AV team. Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org